Kallis not tested for drunk driving after fender

2010-12-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — There is no reason to suspect that Jacques Kallis was drunk when he crashed his luxury sports car against a gate of a house in Cape Town in the early hours of yesterday morning.

That’s why his blood alcohol levels were not taken, both the nation’s cricket bosses and law enforcers explained yesterday.

Kallis, who was man of the match in the weekend’s Test against India after he notched his first double century at Centurion, lost control of his white Audi R8 on Herschel Walk in Wynberg at about 2 am and crashed against the gate of a residence.

The Proteas left Pretoria soon after winning the Test by an innings and 25 runs on Monday morning. They arrive in Durban today to prepare for the second Test, starting on Sunday.

Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the Proteas team manager, said driver error — and not alcohol — was to blame for the collision with the gate.

He dismissed it as “a small freak accident” and stressed there is nothing untoward about the incident.

Kallis emerged without a scratch and will be fit for the next match.

According to Moosajee, Kallis was alone in the car and no one else was involved or injured in the collision.

After the crash, both front tyres were burst and Kallis had to call his girlfriend, model Shamoné Jardim, to fetch him. The sports car was later taken away.

Moosajee said that apart from the flat tyres and a dent on the bonnet, the R8 was undamaged.

Informed sources estimate that the repair bill for an R8’s bonnet will amount to some R200 000.

Kallis bought the R8 at the end of August. Depending on the engine size, a new R8 costs from R 1,4 million to R 2,2 million.

An eyewitness, who spoke to Die Burger on condition of anonymity, said police officers were on the scene of the crash within minutes.

“They were like amateurs and did not test him for alcohol at all,” the eyewitness said.

“If you look at the gate and the brake marks, you can only wonder why they did not [test his blood alcohol levels]. Was it because he is Jacques Kallis?”

According to the eyewitness, Jardim, who arrived in her pyjamas at the scene, said Kallis was on his way to friends in the neighbourhood.

Kallis may have been at the wrong complex, said the eyewitness.

Attempts to speak to the owners of the complex were unsuccessful.

The eyewitness added that Kallis did not get out of his car at any stage.

Kallis and Jardim were approached for comment yesterday but did not want to say anything on the matter.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Philander answered queries about the lack of a test for a blood alcohol level by saying that “there was no reason to suspect that Kallis was under the influence of alcohol”.

After he achieved his double century on Saturday, the 35-year-old player told the media he will celebrate with a beer in honour of his late father, Henry, and a few rounds of golf at Leopard Creek.

This after Johann Rupert, the billionaire owner of the elite golf course in Mpumalanga, promised him life membership if he passed 200 runs.

Cricket SA (CSA) also said there is no question that alcohol was involved.

CSA spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said the matter is settled and there will not be any disciplinary steps.

Last month, Kallis publicly criticised revelations by former team-mate Herschelle Gibbs in his controversial biography To the Point.

In the book, Gibbs writes of sex orgies, drug use and frequent alcohol abuse by the Proteas.

Gibbs was himself arrested in his Volkswagen Touareg for drunk driving in Green Point during March 2008.

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